AIRTEL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE KENYA

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Airtel Kenya has extended its support for digital literacy in semi-urban and urban communities across Kenya by offering routers and 3G connectivity to ensure free internet connection services to the Intel Mobile Caravan under the She Will Connect program.

 

Following the official launch of the Intel Mobile Caravan in September 2016, between Airtel, Intel and other partners, a three-day training for trainers was organized between 7th and 10th February to equip the trainers on the new content, platform, and schedules that will be adopted in the next phase campaign for the caravan and the BRCK KIO kits.

 

BRCK is an education kit that features a rugged charging box, a micro-web server and student tablets that can be used to access educational material from both the kit and the internet. The program impacted the lives of 3200 individuals from four counties namely, Narok, Nairobi, Muranga, and Machakos where the caravan toured for the pilot phase.

 

The Intel Mobile Caravan targets women, teachers as well as students and provides free ICT training. Airtel Kenya will provide internet connectivity to an additional 10 BRCK KIO kits that will be taken around various counties in the next phase of the campaign which will target eight counties including Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Kakamega, Narok, Embu, Nyandarua, Homabay and Tharaka Nithi.

 

In a statement, Airtel Kenya, Managing Director, Prasanta Das Sarma pledged Airtel’s continued support in the initiative that seeks to enrich lives in the communities.

 

“As a company, we are devoted to delivering solutions that enrich the communities that we serve. As such we remain committed to this partnership with Intel and other key partners to continue offering internet connectivity for this initiative. We are delighted that this initiative has so far impacted the lives of many people by empowering them to reap the benefits and access the boundless opportunities that come with being connected to the Internet.” said Prasanta.

 

Airtel continues to support the youth in education through its CSR program that offers free internet to schools. So far, the company has covered over 340 schools in the country.

 

Other key partners in the initiative include the Kenya Institute of Curriculum development (KICD) which has been charged with ensuring coordination with schools and providing digital educational content, JoyWo (Joyful Women Organization) in the mobilization of women in the respective communities to attend the training sessions to be held at community centers and Global Peace Foundation which is involved in developing and executing training modules for the target audiences.

 

Intel Corporation has played its part through the She Will Connect program that empowers women and girls with digital literacy. The program has so far impacted over 150, 000 women in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa through face to face training.

 

 

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